“Fear is the Silent Destroyer of Dreams.” – Gary Haugen
All great leadership initiatives—big and small—begin with a dream in the heart of a leader. We sense the voice of God and a vision for what can be. And a dream takes shape in our imaginations.
We might see ourselves starting a new business, serving a child in need, standing up against corruption, writing a book, or entering into a new relationship.
And then it starts to rise—the questions, the doubts, the insecurities. And behind it all is… fear.
Recently, we explored the challenge of fear on our GLS platforms. Take a look at the resources below to gain a new perspective on fear.
1) GLS Podcast: Episode 021, Gary Haugen with Bill Hybels and Kim Simios
After an excerpt from Gary Haugen’s Summit talk, Bill Hybels discusses with business executive Kim Simios challenges leaders face when experiencing fear. Hear how to identify root causes of fears, minimize risks and approach potential failures with a learning mindset.
2) GLS GrowthTrack: Gary Haugen, Fearless Leadership
Courage is essential for leaders, especially as they work to accomplish big visions. Gary Haugen knows this firsthand from his leadership at the International Justice Mission (IJM), a world-wide agency that rescues victims of violence, exploitation, slavery and oppression. Learn more about how to overcome fear with Gary Haugen, Bill Hybels and others.
One of the most frequent commands God gives in Scripture is, “Do not be afraid.” Why? Because fear is inevitable, and it can be paralyzing and suffocating. Fear prevents us from tackling the tasks we were created to accomplish. When fear rules leaders, it affects their businesses, employees and communities.
4) Article: Fearless Leadership—Hannah Gronowski
If you’ve been in a room full of co-workers engaged in a team-building exercise, you’ve heard the question, “What would you do if you could not fail?” It’s a question that has been asked so frequently, it has lost its poignancy. So, let me ask the question in another way… If fear were obsolete, what dreams would you take action on?
5) Article: Fear-Less Leadership—Jossy Chacko
Fear is a natural human emotion, created by God, that protects us from doing foolish things. Like any emotion, it’s critical that we hold fear in the right balance within our leadership. As leaders we should neither be full of fear nor completely without fear. We need to be fear-less leaders.
6) GLSnext Premium: Skills in Action, Confronting Fear
Download the PDF tool with this video, developed by training experts, and walk through a proven process to overcome your fears. This Skills in Action activity will help you identify the common sources of and emotional responses to fear. You will then walk through a process to address your fears head-on and gain confidence to make progress.